CBT : Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that helps you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT helps you break down overwhelming problems into smaller parts to improve the way you feel.

Unlike some other talking therapies, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. CBT provides practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Research evidence has shown that CBT is an effective way of treating anxiety and depression and a number of other mental and physical health problems.

CBT involves undertaking agreed tasks in between sessions (such as keeping a diary to record thoughts and feelings, or trying out new behaviours) so that you can increase your learning and put in practice what has been talked about in the session.

Talking Therapies can help with: Abuse, addictions, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, family/carer/relationship issues, health related issues, identity problems, loss, personal development, phobias, post-traumatic stress, pregnancy related issues, self-esteem/low self-confidence, sexuality issues, stress, work related issues and many other personal issues.


First Session

The first session will last 60 minutes (all subsequent sessions will be 50 minutes).

Our Counsellor will listen to your concerns and worries and assess if counselling is suitable for your needs. It is a chance to ask questions and decide what it is you want to achieve from counselling. It will be explained how sessions are conducted and ensure that you are comfortable and happy about entering into counselling. Professional considerations will be explained - such as confidentiality and frequency of sessions etc.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Our Counsellor at the Westoe practice is a fully qualified counsellor who undergoes regular clinical supervision and continued training to enhance the quality of counselling provided. Julia is a registered member of the BACP and abides by their ethical framework. All information can be found on www.bacp.co.uk
This is different for everyone depending on the issues you are facing and your personal requirements. Some people benefit from short term counselling whilst others benefit from long term counselling. Initially six sessions will be offered and this will be reviewed. This gives you the opportunity to reflect about where you are within your counselling process and ensure it is meeting your needs.
You will be able to explore various aspects of your life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief, shame, guilt and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand.
Yes counselling is private and confidential. There are exceptions to keeping confidentiality in relation to duty of care and these will be explained to you in the first session.
All sessions last for 50 minutes. Apart from the first which will last 1 hour. This will allow for questions and paperwork to be completed.
You may find that talking has brought back difficult memories or powerful feelings. This is natural as you start to explore and work through what has happened. You may find it useful to allow yourself some private space or support from those around you. It is important that you choose what works for you. We do not provide crisis intervention. If you require immediate help outside office hours please contact your GP, NHS Direct, Mental Health Matters or Samaritans who have telephone help lines.